The Fox Network, now owned by Disney, has decided to bring back Empire for another season, but without Jussie Smollett. Smollett has become radioactive after his hoax perpetrated in order to smear President Trump and his supporters. His plot backfired, and instead of starring in Empire and in a hit Broadway play, Smollett finds himself on the unemployment line. The folks at Disney contemplated on the best way to handle the situation, and in the end, decided that sticking with Smollett would hurt the show’s ratings, not because conservatives were down on Smollett, but because liberals were down on Smollett.
Jussie Smollett will be looking for work despite the Fox broadcast network picking up “Empire” for another season because he’s being written out of the show.
Smollett, who is gay, portrayed singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon on the show, a character who is also gay.
The actor has been at the center of a public firestorm after he said that he was the victim of a racial and homophobic attack in January. His alleged attackers were later apprehended by the Chicago police, but they said that Smollett had paid them to fake the attack in order to garner sympathy for the actor.
He was later charged with 16 felony accounts related to filing a false police report, but many were stunned when those charges were dropped after he forfeited a $10,000 bond and completed community service.
A spokesperson for Smollett released a statement about his release from the show, saying that he was “grateful to Fox and ‘Empire’ leadership, cast, crew and fans for their unwavering support.”
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